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Gemini 23: Three fledglings in a nest high in a tree

Gemini 23: Three fledglings in a nest high in a tree

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Gemini 23: Three fledglings in a nest high in a tree
The word
three
descends from the Indo-European (IE) root 
trei-
which means
“three.”
1
Its paronyms include
three 
,
thrice 
,
 thirteen 
,
thirty 
,
trey 
,
trammel 
,
tercel 
(a malehawk used in falconry),
tribe 
,
trio 
,
triple 
,
 trim 
,
testament 
,
testicle 
,
test 
,
testify 
,
teapoy 
,
 sitar 
, and
riding 
(an administrative orelectoral division in Canada).
2
 The word
fledgling
descends from the IE root 
pleu
 
which means “toflow.”
3
Paronyms include
 plover 
(a wading bird),
Pluto 
,
flow 
,
flue 
,
flood 
,
 fl
,
fley 
,
fletcher 
,
flight 
,
fowl 
,
fleet 
,
float 
,
flotsam 
,
flotilla 
,
flutter 
,
flit 
,and
fluster 
.The word
nest
is a derivative of the IE root 
sed-1
 
which means “tosit.”
4
Paronyms include
séance 
,
sediment 
,
session 
,
sewer 
(a medievalservant who supervised the serving of meals),
assess 
,
assize 
,
dissident 
,
 assiduous 
,
reside 
,
subsidy 
,
supersede 
,
cathedral 
,
si
,
seat 
,
saddle 
,
nick 
,
 niche 
,
cosset 
,
sedate 
, and
se
(the official seat, center of authority,jurisdiction, or office of a bishop).The word
high
descends from the Old English
heh
and
heah
whichmean
“of great height, lofty, tall, exalted.”
5
 The word
tree
descends from the IE root 
deru-
 
which means “to befirm solid, steadfast.” Its
paronyms include
betroth 
,
endure 
,
druid 
,
 durable 
,
shelter 
,
tray 
,
trim 
,
truce 
,
true 
,
 
and
tryst 
.
6
 
THEMES:
The first theme concerns
BIRDS
. A
fledgling
is a young birdthat has just acquired its feathers. Its paronyms include
 plover 
(a wading
1
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 93
 
2
3
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 68
 
4
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 73
 
5
6
 
Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, pp. 16-7
 

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